Flank steak that sizzles

  • Thu Jan 9th, 2014 6:54pm
  • Life

By Alison Ladman Associated Press

Flank steak isn’t particularly Chinese in origin, but we decided to dress it up with classic Asian flavors.

We start by marinating it in five-spice powder, rice vinegar and soy sauce.

While the steak is absorbing all those rich flavors, we grate a daikon radish (they resemble giant white carrots, but have a mild peppery bite) and toss it grated fresh ginger, scallions and red bell pepper for a simple slaw with just enough assertiveness to cut through the savory heft of the steak.

If you want to keep this dish lean — it’s perfect for holding on to those New Year’s resolutions — serve it as is or over brown rice. But if you are willing to embrace carbs, try it on a bun.

Pan-seared flank steak with daikon slaw

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon five-spice powder

½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

4½ tablespoons rice vinegar, divided

2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

1 pound flank steak

1 cup shredded daikon radish, patted dry with paper towels

1 red bell pepper, cored and sliced into thin matchsticks

1½ teaspoons grated fresh ginger

Pinch of salt

4 scallions, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil

In a large zip-close plastic bag, mix together the black pepper, five-spice powder, red pepper flakes, 3 tablespoons of the vinegar and soy sauce. Add the flank steak, seal the bag, then turn to coat evenly. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the daikon radish, bell pepper, ginger, salt, the remaining 1 ½ tablespoons of vinegar and the scallions. Set aside.

When you are ready to cook the steak, in a large skillet over medium-high, heat the oil. Add the steak and sear for 4 minutes per side, or until desired doneness. Allow the steak to rest on a cutting board for 8 minutes. Slice the steak thinly across the grain, then serve with the slaw.

Makes 4 servings. Per serving: 220 calories; 90 calories from fat (41 percent of total calories); 10 g fat (2.5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 40 mg cholesterol; 6 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 2 g sugar; 26 g protein; 260 mg sodium.